Alpha Lobbyist

More

The Chamber of Commerce made headlines last year for spending hundreds of millions of dollars on projects that were not necessarily in the best interests of its members. Big health insurers contributed $20 million to battle health care reform, though many of the Chamber's members would have benefited from a drop in health care costs. The Chamber's anti-science stance on climate change drove away several big-name members, including Apple, Inc. and Exelon, and put other emissions-conscious industries on edge.

In a Washington Monthly profile, James Verini exposes the Chamber's president and CEO, Tom Donahue, as, "for all his opposition to federal oversight ... a quintessential creature of Washington":

Like the head of any bureaucracy or agency, he measures his success far less by results than by the size of his budget. That's why the Chamber's agenda hews so closely to that of its largest contributors. It's also why, even in front of dues payers ... Donohue is happy to trumpet how much money the Chamber is taking from them. Those funds don't need to lead to accomplishments; they are the accomplishments.

Read the full story at the Washington Monthly.


Jump to comments
Presented by

Nicole Allan is a former senior editor at The Atlantic.

Get Today's Top Stories in Your Inbox (preview)

CrossFit Versus Yoga: Choose a Side

How a workout becomes a social identity


Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register. blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

CrossFit Versus Yoga: Choose a Side

How a workout becomes a social identity

Video

Is Technology Making Us Better Storytellers?

The minds behind House of Cards and The Moth weigh in.

Video

A Short Film That Skewers Hollywood

A studio executive concocts an animated blockbuster. Who cares about the story?

Video

In Online Dating, Everyone's a Little Bit Racist

The co-founder of OKCupid shares findings from his analysis of millions of users' data.

Video

What Is a Sandwich?

We're overthinking sandwiches, so you don't have to.

Video

Let's Talk About Not Smoking

Why does smoking maintain its allure? James Hamblin seeks the wisdom of a cool person.

Writers

Up
Down

More in Politics

Just In